Odds & ends: Opening Lusaka’s Kimono, not as hell

I think God could tell I was scared. Quite ironical considering that it was my first trip in five months. I should’ve been excited! Yet at the airport, I half-heartedly disembarked from the car, pulled my luggage out of the boot and queued up for check-in. I had a voyage to Zambia. Two weeks...

Sunday, June 5, 2016, 12:00 AM

After a week of talks, Africa awaits action from AfDB

Three men emerged as stars at the just concluded African Development Bank (AfDB) 51st Annual Meetings held in the Zambian capital Lusaka; they’re Edgar Lungu, the Zambian President, Kelvin Doe, a teenage scientist from Sierra Leon and Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, the Bank’s President. Here is why. Edgar...

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 12:00 AM

Impatient leaders is what Africa needs

In an exclusive forty-minute interview, ten days ago, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina the new President of the African Development Bank told me that he’s impatient to see Africa’s development efforts yield tangible results for its people. The interview, published by this newspaper last Monday,...

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 12:00 AM

How Facebook re-united family 57 years later

Well-done Rwandans! You made Africa proud this week, hosting the World Economic Forum with flawless proficiency. As Kigali played good host to thousands of delegates, in neigbouring Uganda, authorities there shutdown social media citing security concerns as President Museveni got sworn-in on...

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 12:00 AM

WEF-Africa, the ultimate chance to showcase Rwanda

The stage on which Rwanda will be hosting the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF-Africa) this week has been under construction from the moment the country was announced host, sometime last year; now all is set for the show, but what does Kigali have in store for the thousands of delegates that...

Sunday, May 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

Of cholera, rabies and malaria: An air ticket to hell?

Is this an air ticket to hell? I wondered. Let me get back to that affair in a minute; first, a recap of this week’s top headlines. In Kampala, media coverage of the 13th Northern Corridor summit was overshadowed by a social media celebrity and Makerere University research fellow Dr. Stella...

Sunday, May 1, 2016, 12:00 AM

Who is robbing Kigali residents?

Taking advantage of the sad mood across the country on Tuesday night, unknown people ‘expertly’ broke into my friends’ well gated and wall-fenced house and ‘skillfully robbed it clean’ of everything they fancied including a flask containing the baby’s milk. The...

Sunday, April 17, 2016, 12:00 AM

One woman's 22-year-old scar

A scar on her right-arm bicep; formed by a wound from a machete cut, twenty two years ago this April; every year around this period, vivid images of the brutality replay on her mind; the vicious attack on her family by six men, in the early days of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The scar is...

Sunday, April 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why you should buy 'Made in Rwanda'

The American dollar is a real power among global currencies, a true bully whose negative effect is felt by all except aliens; on Monday, Central Bank reported that by March 24, the franc had lost 2.6 percent of its value to the dollar. It means that for every franc you earned last month, its value...

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 12:00 AM

Are Kigali developers building for aliens?

Happy Easter-Sunday, folks! And sorry that Easter-Monday, unlike elsewhere, is a working day here. So, Jesus died for our sins but we need someone to die for our rent; someone in whose name we can be saved from Kigali’s landlords who’re endemically contumacious to logic. I have come to...

Sunday, March 27, 2016, 12:00 AM

Democracy without prosperity is dead

The Economist recently painted a ‘hilly dilemma’ of Rwanda to millions of its readers around the world in an article published on March 12, in which the author argued that ‘while President Paul Kagame has led Rwanda to prosperity he stifles democracy.’ I am here to strongly...

Sunday, March 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

BANK OF KIGALI: A place where women have limitless opportunities

It is 7:15am on Monday morning and 25 year old Justine Mbabazi, dressed in a sharp blue suit, white top and black stilettos is just settling into her seat in Bank of Kigali’s card business office, ready for a busy week ahead. Mbabazi, a graduate of financial engineering from Malaysia joined the...

Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

Q&A: Women are natural entrepreneurs and problem solvers- BK's Dr. Shivon Byamukama

Dr. Shivon Byamukama is Bank of Kigali's Company secretary and Head of Corporate Affairs. She spoke to The New Times, on the occasion to mark International Women's Day. Excerpts. What’s the position of women in the banking industry today, do you see a good number of them in executive...

Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

Bankers should take a bus to Burera

FinScope Rwanda’s survey on access to finance that was released Thursday shows that local banks have a problem, a very sweet problem and to address it, they must take a bus out of Kigali to districts like Ngororero and Burera which have the lowest number of banked adult population. The key...

Sunday, March 6, 2016, 12:00 AM

Smart jobs needed to match Smart Rwanda

“Most Rwandan graduates are unemployed because they are selective with jobs,” a director in the Ministry of Labour said on Friday at the launch of the World Bank’s economic update on Rwanda which focused on the need for creation of sufficient jobs for a growing labour force....

Sunday, February 28, 2016, 12:00 AM

Boutros Boutros-Ghali: Gone with a guilty conscience?

As a primary school novice in the mid-90s, you had to know the name Boutros Boutros-Ghali to pass one common question in Social Studies, although among the easiest, especially for kids that followed current affairs. Boutros died Tuesday, aged 93, most-likely with a guilty conscience. The...

Sunday, February 21, 2016, 12:00 AM

Mugabe is right about UN, unfortunately, he's Mugabe

Earlier this week, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe took to the podium at the opening of the African Union’s 26th Summit in Addis Ababa, where he, in the presence of the amiable Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, gave a fairly fiery speech reigniting calls for UN reforms. Mugabe’s remarks...

Sunday, February 7, 2016, 12:00 AM

No world for gunboat diplomacy

Let us start on a lighter note, with a female house help in Kigali who called into Sandrine’s popular morning show on Kiss FM asking for help to find a man, but not just any man; she had special specifications on which she would not compromise. “I need one of medium height, in the...

Sunday, January 31, 2016, 12:00 AM

Kigali City is branching out; are you?

Mid this week, I was driven straight into a pleasant surprise, a compound of a four-star hotel in Nyamata; the ‘town of milk’ located some 30km out of Kigali City. How many of you guys would invest in a multi-million dollar facility in a place still generally regarded as ‘remote?...

Sunday, January 17, 2016, 12:00 AM

Burundi's undefined peace talks (will fail)

By a simple definition, negotiation is getting others to give you what you want, by giving them what they want; put that in the context of Burundi’s ongoing peace talks and ask, who is giving what to whom and in return for what? You will realize there’s a problem. It is obvious that...

Sunday, January 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

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